A year after the company’s first robot rovers made history in lunar exploration, the company has decided to make another, with an unmanned vehicle slated to land on the surface of Mars.
Atlas, founded in 2007, announced in September that it will use its Mars Rovers to explore the red planet and build an outpost, while also conducting robotic exploration of the Red Planet’s surface and its moons.
It’s the latest step in the company, which has made progress on landing a spacecraft on the Red Sea in 2015, and then landed the rover on Mars in 2018.
Atlas has been exploring Mars for about a decade, with two major robotic missions: The Mars 2020 rover was the first to land directly on the planet in 2020, while the Mars 2020 lander was the only one to ever land on Mars.
It was also the first robot to land a lander on Mars at all.
Atlas also launched its first Mars orbiter, called MAVEN, in 2016, and the company recently launched the third.
The MAVEN mission is slated to launch in 2019.
The company has already landed a rover on the Martian surface and completed the first-ever mission to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, in 2018, which sent back images and data of the surface.
The Mars Pathfinder rover was sent to Mars in 2020 and returned valuable scientific data.
In 2018, the team sent a rovers rovers to Mars on the Mars Pathfinder mission, which landed in a crater on the ground.
Atlas plans to land the robot in 2021 on the first Martian lander, which will have a diameter of more than 1.4 miles.
The first Mars rover will be the first autonomous rovers on the space station.
This robot will be equipped with two cameras and a laser ranging tool to detect Martian soil, which is a form of carbonate that could be an indicator of organic material.
Atlas said in September it plans to send the rover and lander to the surface for a two-year mission.
It said the rover will use a suite of technology developed by NASA and Lockheed Martin that include lasers, sensors, actuators, and other components from NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) division.
Atlas is a spinoff of a company called Rockwell Collins, which also operates Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.
The agency awarded Rockwell with a $2.6 billion contract to develop the rover.
Atlas will also work on a roving test vehicle for a potential mission to the Red Moon.
The team hopes to launch a mission to that moon in 2022.
The rovers rover and landing module are the two largest pieces of equipment for a landers lander and are expected to carry a suite with other hardware and software.
The second vehicle is a robotic rover that will land on Martian soil and will be operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsed Dynamics division.
The mission will involve a crew of three astronauts.
The lander will use NASA’s Deep Space Gateway to send back information about Martian soil.
The rover is also equipped with an onboard camera and laser range tool.
The landing module will have two cameras, a sensor suite, a heat shield, and an onboard heat exchanger.
The orbiter will be used to monitor Mars for a decade.
Atlas’s next rover is a testbed for the next Mars exploration mission.
The vehicle will have an estimated size of about 9 feet by 8 feet by 5 feet.
The robotic lander is expected to be ready by the end of 2020.
Atlas expects to have completed the Mars rovers first Martian landing mission by the time of the 2021 rover landing.
The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The final mission will include a parachute that will detach from the lander.
Atlas intends to launch the rover to Mars for another mission in 2022, with a return to the moon in 2024.